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GameBlitz: Software heretics unleash Doom

Feb 27, 1999, 22:14 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Abrams)

An overview of the trend by commercial entertainment software producers to support the Linux platform.

"Software companies are increasingly realising that to succeed they must share and what once seemed like heresy - to give away the programs that made you rich - is becoming accepted business practice."

"Recently, id licencees Activision and Raven announced they would give away the source code to their popular Heretic and Hexen games. This follows the decision in December 1997 by id Software to release the source for its popular Doom game. Within a few days programmers had ported the game successfully to Linux"

"Incidentally, lead programmer, Dave Taylor, has since been hired by Transmeta, a super-secretive chip design company funded by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, which also employs Linux creator, Linus Torvalds. Based on patent filings, the company is rumoured to be working on a chip that will rival Intel in terms of performance, and threatens Microsoft because it can emulate any operating system natively."

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